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-level officers and enlisted that are so important to the leadership of our military and chuck hagel's leadership and commitment will be critical to that task. i have met with chuck hagel privately, i've asked him tough questions about iran and israel. i'm satisfied on those points that he will advise the president in according to with -- in accord with those policies but even more important i am struck by his passion, the intensity of his commitment to our men and women in uniform. his caring about them is indicated in so many ways. spontaneously and strongly in his testimony, as well as his private conversations. he will make sure that sexual assault in the military, the epidemic and scourge of rape and assault against men and women who serve and sacrifice for this country will be stopped, that there will be, in fact, zero tolerance not only in word but in deed. and his viewing, for example, of the documentary "invisible war," his understanding that this kind of misconduct is an outrage never to be even implicitly condoned and to be treated as a criminal offense, the most extreme kind of predat
that chuck hagel would bring to this position. first, chuck is acutely aware that even in an age of rapid technological advances, our military capability and effectiveness depend on the quality and the morale of the people who serve our nation in uniform as well as the families that support them. senator nunn continued, "chuck received two purple hearts in vietnam, and when he returned home, he continued to fight for veterans and for active duty military personnel. he knows that our people are our strongest assets." "second, chuck's spine chuck's n vietnam shaped his perspective. war for chuck is not a traction. i am confident that if confirmed he will ask the hard and smart questions before sending troops into battle." i this i that i misread that word. i think it was that war for chuck hagel is not "an abstraction." "chuck hagel knows that the united states has vital interests that are worth fighting ford and dyinfighting . he also knows that war should be a last resort, that our nation must effectively use all of our tools, not limit it only to our military to protect our important and
want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply. >>> so chuck hagel's nomination to become the next defense secretary is in limbo after republicans delayed an up or down vote until congress returns from recess coming up next week. but despite the holdup, hagel's opponents are now conceding he probably will be confirmed. >> i don't believe he is qualified. but i don't believe that we should hold up his nomination any further, because i think it's a reasonable amount of time to have questions answered. >> the obama administration, mean while, pushing back against claims the political fight over the nomination will permanently damage hagel, even if he does get that job. joining me now live from the white house is nbc's peter alexander. peter, it's good to have you with me. in that interview that david gregory did with john mccain over the weekend, it got a little feisty. and i want to play another portion where they talk specifically about was this payback to chuck hagel over something long in the past. >> is that to say, senator, it's payback time for chuck hagel, that's what this process has
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
forward on chuck hagel's nomination of secretary of defense. jesse jackson jr.'s district will cast a vote to replace him. if they approve jack lu as treasury secretary, a senate vote could come tomorrow. on top of that, can lawmakers prevent the spending cuts? tracie potts is live in washington with the answers to all those things and details on who will feel the cuts first, if congress fails to act. good morning. >> good morning, mara. good morning, everyone. three words on capitol hill, no one's talking at least on the white house and capitol hill. no negotiations going on days before the budget cuts hit. president obama headed to virginia. he'll speak at a shipbuilder that has connections and ties in all 50 states. their concern of the impact on the defense cuts on their industry. president obama is using that as a backdrop to emphasize the cuts. he's criticized by house speaker john boehner and other republicans who say the president needs to stop campaigning, get off the road, come back to washington and facilitate a discussion. the two sides are at polar opposites when it comes to p
is set to vote today to end debate on the confirmation for chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. hagel is expected to clear the 60-vote hurdle to end the debate and send it to final debate. the senate finance is expected to approve jack lew for his post. >>> papal transition, what the pope will be called after he leaves office. >> plus, round 2 another relentless storm slams much of the u.s. how crews plan to deal with the record snowfall. >> how about this? image altered. what iran state media had to say about first lady michelle obama's oscar dress. all coming your way. '/÷
? has chuck hagel ever given a speech to cobra? or for that matter cobra ki? has he received money from the lollipop kids? >> stephen colbert, of course, he was joking, but the senate republicans are not. good morning, everybody. i'm brian shackman. this, of course, is "way too early" on this friday, february the 22nd. we have a wide range of things to deal with today, including a surprising new study on mass shootings that may just change the way people think about owning guns for protection. a little bit later, we'll lighten it up a little bit. the biggest night in show biz. we'll do our best to predict the winners and losers of this weekend's oscars. lewis and i will go head to head on those picks and we can check them again on monday. first, we get to the news here live at 5:30 a.m. eastern time at 30 rock in new york city. winter storms absolutely barrelled from the west coast into the heartland of the u.s. dumping a huge amount of snow in kansas. wichita, 14 inches. that's the most they've seen in more than 50 years. inches piling up in omaha and st. louis. 1,000 plows are working
to do with them, including a stunningly bad performance by chuck hagel in his senate confirmation hearing today. just listen to what he said about iran. >> we have never ever designated a part of a legitimate government, a state. when i say legitimate, it doesn't mean that we agree with iran, but it is a member of the united nations. almost all of our allies have embassies in iran. so that's why i note an elected legitimate government, whether we agree or not. >> chuck hagel, frequent guest on this show, while he was the u.s. senator. but i've got to disagree. legitimate and elected government? is he kidding me? there were millions of people protesting on the street and we should have helped the green movement stop that election because it was all a fraud. anyway, i think he's nuts on that point. and unfortunately, chuck hagel said a lot of other goofy stuff, too. so we're going to have to get to that soon coming right up. >>> next up, however, how many people are moving out of high-tech states to low-tech states? that's an easy one. should be 100%. the answer is a lot. robert fra
in the senate on president obama's new national security team. will chuck hagel become the nation's new secretary of defense? all this and more just ahead. ♪ [ female announcer ] from tracking the bus. ♪ to tracking field conditions. ♪ wireless is limitss. . ... ♪ [ female announcer from more efficient payments. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. jon: shocking new report about al qaeda and hole grown terror. it shows the group still able to adapt and diversify despite major setbacks over the years. the report looks at more than 1 70 individuals suspected or convicted of al qaeda-related plots right here in the united states. they include major nadal hasan accused of shooting 13 people in the fort hood massacre. also dote nating a crude car bomb in times square in 2010 and jose padilla,, currently behind bars on conspiracy to murder and kidnap and maim people in a foreign country. that is just the tip of the iceberg. all this comes as we mark 20 years to the day since al qaeda first attacked the world trade center in 1993. chief intelligence correspondent
-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. >> after all the political grand standing it appears chuck hagel is one step closer to confirmation. a number of republican senators have been holding up the vote, calling chuck hagel unqualified for the position. several characterized him as critical of israel, and at the same time too soft on iran, but today, 18 of the g.o.p. senators sided with the democrats to end the debate and delay tactics and move forward with the confirmations. when that happens, chuck hagel well succeed leon panetta. >> i'm shepard smith. this is "studio b." at it the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news. day two of the high-stakes civil trial over the deep water horizon disaster in 2010. the first witnesses for the plaintiff on the stand, a forensic engineering testified the oil giant bp put saving money over safety, and according to the witness, that move ultimately led to the deaths of 11 men and devastated the american gulf south. the government witness also said that in the years leading up to the disaster -- his listen to this -- bp cut costs in the gulf of mexico by 22%.
they can to locate the couple. >>> they are scheduled to vote on a proceeding with senator chuck hagel. after being 12 days late, republicans said they would delay their tactics. if heard they would go to leon panetta to stage the massive across the board cuts. >>> they could begin as early as thursday. the legislation is to i am -- legislation is to improve gun security and it's a push to improve security and ending gun violence after the shooting in newtown connecticut. organizers say the purpose of the event is to have a discussion about the root causes of gun violence and the program starts at noon in the student union. >>> they plan to close the building as a cost cutting measure but the historic building is architecturally significant and should remain open to the public. the rally start right outside city hall. >> we are hoping traffic will be light for you, how is it looking ? >> it is looking good from the bridge and there are no problems. last time we showed you there was some roadwork and you can see all the roads are open and cones have been picked up and if you are driving
' balanced approach to deficit reduction. #outoftouch. >>> well, the math is getting better for chuck hagel to be confirmed as defense secretary perhaps as early as next week. in a letter, though, 15 republican senators urged for hagel to withdraw his nomination. on that list included marco rubio and ted cruz. it reads in part, while we respect senator hagel's honorable military service, we respectfully request you withdraw his nomination. it would be unprecedented for a secretary of defense to take office without the broad base of bipartisan support and confidence needed to serve effectively in this critical position. ted cruz added, quote, in the last 50 years, no other secretary of defense has been confirmed with more than three members voting against him, and in the entire history of the position, no one has been confirmed with more than 11 no votes, end quote. still, hagel got support from former senator bob dole, who called him an exceptional leader, and senator richard shelby of alabama. it was kind of an underwhelming vote of confidence. shelby said, quote, he's probably as good as
chuck hagel who has been nominated to be secretary of defense has been proposing. he has said so many things against us even as a nation being nuclear armed and ready, that it is very disturbing to people all across the country. bill: if you think that, do you think we've lost the argument with iran over its nuclear program? is that time passed? >> well, i think that the time has passed. they now view it as, us versus them. sanctions have worked to lower the value of their currency. sanctions have had an impact on people through throughout the country of iran. but i don't believe they have had the impact that has been desired against the iranian government. bill: why are we sitting down and talking again? what's the expectation from something like this? >> i think very little would be expected. i would expect the iranians to have their arms folded in front of their chest and sitting there, perhaps, listening, but basically they're continuing to run out the clock. they may even talk a little bit about wanting to negotiate but they have no interest in, my opinion, bill, in negotiating o
with a vote on chuck hagel's nomination to be defense secretary. despite threats of a gop walkout. at least five republicans have indicated they would provide enough votes needed to block a threatened filibuster. and on this day in history, a historic birth. the united states' 16th president and subject of steven spielberg's oscar nominated film "lincoln" was born on february 12, 1809. >>> you can stay on top of those stories and the best political analysis on msnbc. tonight watch "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> here's what's coming up on the "today" show. the vatican's next plans to elect the next pope and the candidates. tom brokaw takes an insider look at a group pushing back against tighter gun control. keep this-t on this station for more news, weather, sports and more. more news, weather, sports and more. i'm richard [ female announcer ] now get high speed internet at home on our newly expanded advanced digital network, a connection you can count on. at&t u-verse high speed internet offers more speed options, reliability and wi-fi hotspots than ever. go to our website belo
slapped down by veteran colleagues. "early today" is back in two minutes. >>> chuck hagel is one step closer to becoming secretary of defense. an entire senate vote. hearings became heated after texas senator ted cruz suggested hagel received money from what he called, quote, extreme and radical groups. >> this senator feels like that senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. he's served his country and no one on this committee at anytime should impugn his character or his integrity. >> meanwhile, treasury secretary nominee jack lew heads to capitol hill for his confirmation hearing. if confirmed he will succeed timothy geithner. he announced his resignation last month. >>> one moment from marco rubio's statement. rubio reached off camera for a small bottle of water. the awkward water break immediately drew thousands of reactions on twitter. it was a top twitter reaction. >>> conditions seem to be going from bad to worse aboard the abandoned cruise ship in the gulf of mexico. those on board descr
: also tomorrow, the senate is expected to consider chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary once again. brian, this time the republican filibuster is expected to fail. hagel could be confirmed as early as this wednesday. >> peter alexander at the white house tonight. peter, thanks. >>> almost thankfully we at least get to talk about the weather, even though it is a massive blizzard churning its way across this country tonight. watches and warnings are up in several states, many already hard-hit. now facing what is shaping up to be another record-breaker in some parts. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel joins us from wichita, kansas tonight. hey, mike. good evening. >> hey, good evening, brian. all or parts of 20 states tonight into wednesday are under some type of winter weather warning or advisory. it stretches from texas to maine. meanwhile, this morning the plains got hit hard by howling wind and blinding snow. the storm hit hard in the predawn hours in the texas panhandle. >> oh, my god, dude. >> reporter: 2 to 3-inch per hour snowfall rates and hurricane-force wind gu
a busy week ahead. today, the senate is expected to vote on whether to move forward on chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense. >>> chicago voters in former congressman jesse jackson jr.'s district will brave the snow to cast their vote in today's special primary to replace him. >>> if the senate finance committee approves jack lew as the treasury secretary today a full senate vote could come as early as tomorrow. >>> on top of all that, could lawmakers prevent the sequester's $75 billion automatic spending cuts? nbc's tracie potts is live in washington. good morning to you. who feels those cuts first if congress fails to act, a lot of people are asking? >> reporter: a lot of people could. we're talking about heating assistance, food for new mothers being scaled back, fewer dollars for school construction, unemployment checks for long-term unemployed people could be cut back 10%. with all of that going on in washington, president obama is headed out of washington, headed south to newport news, virginia, where he'll speak at the business of a shipbuilder that has ties to jo
could get wrapped up. >> chuck todd across town from us at the white house. chuck, thanks. >>> and after a bruising confirmation fight and some ugly hearings on the hill, the president's choice for defense, chuck hagel, was confirmed today by a 58-41 vote in the senate. he's a former republican senator from nebraska, though some of his roughest treatment was at the hands of fellow republicans. when he walks into the pentagon as the new secretary of defense, he will be the first vietnam veteran to have that job. he still carries shrapnel with him from combat, where he earned two purple hearts. >>> now to the weather, as another big storm pounds the plains and the midwest. you can see it is a huge system, as it sweeps across the country now from west to east. it has dumped more than two feet of snow outside denver. it's caused blizzard conditions through kansas, missouri, oklahoma, and they're having a genuine, classic winter evening in chicago. that's where we find weather channel meteorologist eric fisher on michigan avenue tonight. eric, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. w
to vote on whether to move forward on chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense. >>> chicago voters in congressman jesse jackson jr.'s district will brave the snow to replace him. >>> if the senate finance committee approves jack lew as the trek social secretary today a full senate vote could come as early as tomorrow. >>> on top of all that, could lawmakers have the sequester $75 billion in spending cuts. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with the answer and more on that. >> reporter: mara, good morning. still no negotiations going on here in public here or behind the scenes. congress now back in session, but really no talks going on between them and the white house. president obama today heads to virginia where he'll speak at a ship builder concerned about jobs. they have job keshgzs in all 50 states. and the president is being criticized by house republicans, especially house speaker john boehner for not staying in washington. but as we're telling you there are serious differences on how to get rid of these deficits and to prevent the budget cuts from happening on friday.
american workers just broke a record. we're goin >>> one of former senator chuck hagel's biggest critics says he will now vote to confirm him as defense secretary. senator john mccain said he and his senate colleagues will support hagel as leader of the pentagon. republicans and others filibustered hagel's confirmation last week. mccain says he expects fahagel be confirmed next week. >>> microsoft deals with a string of problems. the latest involves a worldwide outage for a service that stores data. the service went down yesterday afternoon. the company says it's slowly restoring the program. to add on to the problems, it's the latest company to suffer a hacking attack. it's giving few details about what happened but said it affected a small number of employees' computers. no customer data was stolen during the attack. microsoft now joins facebook, twitter, and apple as online companies that have been hacked in the past month. >>> if you've noticed that your office has been a little empty this winter, you're not alone. more americans called out of work sick in january than any other mont
right now chuck hagel is due to arrive at the pentagon for his first day of work as secretary of defense. we're looking at live pictures right now. obviously that is the parking lot right outside the pentagon. a lot of cars filling up there. after a seven week political fight, the senate voted yesterday to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary. he will take the oath of office this morning. then he'll make his first remark to defense department employees in just about three hours from right now. and just two days before massive automatic federal spending cuts are due to kick in no signs this morning of a compromised deal to avoid those cuts. coming up at 5:15 house speaker john boehner very harsh criticism of his senate colleagues for what they say they have not done. >>> let's check back in with sal for a look at traffic. how does it look? >> it looks pretty good. we're off to a nice start. this wednesday, middle of the week. we are getting more people. usually doesn't get really crowded until about 5:30. at the toll plaza we usually don't see a big crowd until 6:00. we have a little
could work this week on the chuck hagel nomination. the question remains whether or not republicans will block the nomination with a filibuster. the president traveling to push for slacker gun laws. with the nation focusing on the super bowl, we want to turn to washington's role on regulating the nfl. we will use super bowl sunday to talk about government regulations when it comes to the issue of steroids or head injuries. the phone lines are open. let's begin with a look at some of the headlines courtesy of the museum. from "the san francisco chronicle" -- from "the baltimore sun" -- let's turn to the politics and policy behind the nfl. this is a story a few days ago from "the washington post." outlining a plan and a letter to the executive director of the players union. they agreed as part of a 2011 collective bargaining agreement that the players should be tested for hgh, but the two sides of that agreed. two seasons have been played without it. last weekend in new orleans, roger goodell was asked a number of questions including one on the issue of head injuries. here is more fro
's new concerted effort to make president obama withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next defense secretary. 15 republican senators signed a letter arguing it would be, quote, unprecedented, unprecedented for a secretary of defense to take office without a broad base of bipartisan support. let's bring in dana bash. she's working this story for us. the critics of chuck hagel, and there are many, they are not giving up? >> they are not. and that's really what this is about. this is about hagel's harshest critics to say that they are not happy. it's a big deal. they are saying, mr. president, please withdraw it. if you look at these faces, they are the most conservative members of the senate so it isn't surprising that they would be this aggressive on what has really become a partisan issue and they know what that what has happened in this recess -- the senate is in recession -- is that some of their fellow republicans have come out and said, we will allow this to go forward. so they know it's not technically going to be possible for them to stop it but the votes, they though
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a bitter political fight, chuck hagel now has enough votes to become the nation's next defense secretary. support from senator richard shelby put him over the top. shelby says "he's probably as good as we're going to get." a confirmation vote is expected next week. >>> let's just say up front here that the teen involved in this next story is said to be okay after a videotaped accident from about three weeks ago. check out the teenager hanging from a ski lift in new mexico. it's believed he had thrown a snowball and slipped out of the chair. he fell, boom, right there, 45 feet. he suffered a concussion, a skull fracture and several internal injuries as well. but now we believe he's home and will be fine. don't mess around on the ski lift, folks. >> not the place to do that. >>> boeing is proposing a temporary fix today to the problematic batteries on its 787 dreamliners. those batteries are blamed for at least two incidents which the batteries either caught fire or smoldered, causing smoke on board. the 787s have been grounded since those incidents. united just cut the dreamliners from it
politics. chuck hagel conference has been delayed. hagel has not spoken to the president since his contentious confirmation hearings. he still meeting with senators to shore up the votes. >>> senator mork yoe rubio of florida will be delivering the gop response to president obama's state of the union address. rubio will speak first in english and he'll also prerecord a version in spanish for the spanish language network. >>> scott brown declined to say if he would run for governor of massachusetts next year. he hinted about a political future telling politicalo, i'm no dead. >>> there will be a new senator sworn in today for massachusetts, cowan will fill the john kerry seat until a special election in june. >>> on tuesday, maryland's two senators will get the spoils of victory for the baltimore ravens beating the san francisco 49ers. california senators barbara boxer and dianne feinstein will deliver crabs, napa valley wine, sow dough bread and cheese to the winners. >>> thomas massy of kentucky is sponsoring a new bill that will legalize nonsmokeable strain of marijuana. it is ca
of chuck hagel for dpeens secretary. in their letter they warned it would be unprecedented for secretary of defense to take office without the broad base of bipartisan support and confidence needed to serve effectively in this critical position. the obama administration has stood firm behind hagel. >> if you smoke don't bother applying for a job at hospitals. they are going a step further than a smoke free campus. they will not hire any one who smoke tobacco. they already pay a sir charge on their health insurance. >> a colorado man is lucky to be alive after being nearly buried alive by an avalanche. this a picture of anthony robinson getting dug out of the snow aldrins. he's smiling. what kept his spirit so high during this life or death situation. >> i thought of my wife my 18 month old son and god. >> ironically it was robinson's last run of the day. he even asked the guide if the trail was safe. >> what do you get when you combine gymnastics and basketball? the answer an amazing basketball shot you have to see this one to believe it. >> that is a cheerleader from william perry unive
. in a few hours democratic controlled senate will once again hold a vote on defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. he failed to meet the 60 vote threshold earlier this month amid widespread concerns about his record. it was the first time the sen that the successfully filibustered a tab net nominee. a final vote will be held tomorrow if hagel reaches 60 votes. >> scientists think life could survive on mars even today. new research finds microbes can survive in extremely cold and dry places like mars. there is more and more evidence from the curiosity rover that water may flow in certain parts of mars in warmer months. they think it comes up under ground and flows down slopes and disappears again during winter months. that is your 5@5:00. >> it is a 1-2 punch for the midwest and the central plains now digging out from another massive winter storm. >> can't catch a break. ainsley earhardt joins us with details on this extreme weather. >> good morning operative word. another storm. the nation's heartland hit hard by the second blizzard in less than a week. the storm being blamed for two death
is expected to vote this afternoon to end debate on the confirmation for chuck hagel to be the next defense secretary. he is expected to clear the 60- vote hurdle to end debate which means hagel's confirmation will move on to a final vote. and the senate finance committee is expected to approve jack lew to be the next treasury secretary. after that it goes to the full senate for its approval. >>> the man who helped educate the country about aids has died. former u.s. surgeon general c. everett koop passed away at his home in new hampshire. he was 96. dr. koop served under presidents ronald reagan and george h. w. bush. he is credited for helping to debunk the myths and misconceptions about aids. >>> our time is 4:50. here's an interesting perspective on the gun control debate. wusa9 found a town where every household is required by law to own a gun and the ammunition to use it. this morning andrea mccarren takes us to a community about 25 miles northwest of atlanta that put itself on the map in a most unusual way. >> we don't have shootouts. its a not a wild, wild west. >> reporter: sunrise
. it appears chuck hagel has enough votes to become the next secretary of defense. >> he secured the necessary votes when richard shelby of alabama changed sides. he said he would vote for him. shall be joined republicans initially it last week for an unprecedented filibuster. first lady michelle obama is making a return to late-night tv. she will appear tonight on late- night with jimmy fallon. this will mark the third anniversary of her fitness and -- initiative let's move. >> jacqui joins us now. good to see you. >> we're looking at live pictures out of chicago. look no further than chicago. you can see at the bottom of the screen -- >> chicago has been about as we have been. a snow drought. and received less than an inch. it will pick up later this evening. they could see their heaviest snowfall, which could be about three or 5 inches. 17 inches of snowfall in kansas. it has been a crazy system. the energy is spotty. think most of what we will see will be relatively light. let's look at our radar and satellite picture together. it is showing you that things are trying to make their way thr
ahead with the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. even if hagel gets enough votes to move forward, it's unclear if his former republican colleagues will allow an immediate confirmation vote. >>> pope benedict officially steps down on thursday. cardinals are gathering in rome to choose his successor. in one of his last acts, though, as pope, benedict changed the rules of the conclave to allow it to get started as soon as they arrive. alan pizzey reports. >> reporter: the pope seems increasingly at peace as he said his last good-byes. he leaves behind a vatican beset by troubles for the next pope and for those who will choose him. britain's most senior cleric, scott scottish cardinal keith o'brien, officially resigned and then took the unprecedented step of opting out of the conclave after he was accused of inappropriate contact with three priests dating back 30 years. o'brien disputes the accusations but said he didn't want to be the focus of media attention in rome. the news came as the pope accepted a report into what is likely to
a minute. tomorrow, the senate will be in doing a test vote on chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary. it is a culture wrote -- it is a cloture vote. of congressional hearings going on today. a couple of them are live on c- span 3 or [inaudible]. if you go there you will be able to see all of the hearings. thank you for being with us on the "washington journal." the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., february 14, 2013. i hereby appoint the honorable chris collins to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2013, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited t
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